The Bhiwandi court has on Wednesday granted bail to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in connection with a defamatory case filed by an RSS activist on March 6, 2014. According to the petitioner, Rahul Gandhi had made objectionable comments against the RSS on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, allegedly derogatory to the organization.
Hearing on the petition in the presence of the accused, the Judge granted bail to Rahul Gandhi on a personal bond of Rs 15,000. Also, former Union minister Shivraj Patil stood as surety for the Congress Vice-President’s bail condition.
The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for January 30, 2017.
The defamation case against Rahul Gandhi was filed by an RSS activist, Rajesh Kunte, over the former’s speech during the Lok Sabha elections campaign in 2014. During his speech in Bhiwanadi on March 6, 2014, Rahul Gandhi said that the ‘Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh’ (RSS) is responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
Last year, the Bombay High court has declined to grant any interim relief to the Congress Vice-President from the proceedings following the defamatory case filed by Rajesh Kunte. The High court has also dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s plea to quash the criminal defamatory suit.
However, the High court bench exempted Mr.Gandhi from personal appearance before the Bhiwandi court.
Following the dismissal of his plea by the Bombay High court, Mr.Gandhi has filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the supreme court challenging the High court’s decision but has eventually withdrawn it.